Hand Tool Journey #30: Stanley SW #246 Miter Box Restoration #4.. Watching Paint Dry and Other Things..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 04-27-2014 12:30 AM 3075 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been lucky the last couple days with a few hours of shop time and good weather (a combo that nearly never happens lol).

So I took full advantage of it and got to work again on the mitre box.

Fist thing on the list was to get everything out of their respective Evaporust baths, rinsed and brushed clean. This took what felt like a week to get done due to the shear amount of parts but really it only took about 4 hours yesterday morning.

Fresh out of the bath and rinsed with fresh water (a very important step in the Evaporust process!)

Everything took a trip to my wire wheel chucked into my drill press and got a good scrubbing. Shines everything up real nice like..

Then this morning during my kids unusually long morning nap I was able to get everything masked off and ready for paint.

At that point I figured I was done for the day. It was cold and rainy while I was masking and we had a Carnival to get to in town but… the weather broke after we got back home and rushing around to not miss the opportunity I got a “paint booth” setup and started spraying.

First thing I painted was the back fence with Rustoleum Metalic Silver paint..

Seems to be a nearly perfect match to the original paint there.

A couple coats later and when it was dry to the touch I fliped the box over letting the wall hang off the 2×6 it was sitting on I sprayed the bottom with Duplicolor Semi-Gloss Engine Enamel.

I didn’t spend too much time here making it pretty.. I just wanted it covered with some rust protection.

That done and again dry to touch I flipped it back over and laid a scrap of 1/2” ply against the fence and sprayed the rest of the box.

Not bad for a rush job while the kid screamed at me through the sliding door lol..

I let them sit outside for a bit then into the shop they went and now they just need the tape peeled and reassembled.

Up next is a new wood deck and turn one of these into a new stop rod tree..

Thanks for reading and Stay Tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 04-27-2014 01:11 AM

I can’t believe no one has commented, everyone else must be out partying.
Nice saw,
Great organization and logical work plan (no lost parts)
If those are solid aluminum pieces it will be interesting seeing what you make.
Can one still buy this type saw new?

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#2 posted 04-27-2014 02:49 AM

Looking good, Eric. That’s a ton in one day.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Don W

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#3 posted 04-27-2014 01:27 PM

that’s turning out great Eric.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 04-27-2014 02:58 PM

Bob – Working on aircraft you kinda get parts organization beat into you lol. Those are solid aluminum bars and I hope to turn one into the missing stop rod tree… still up in the air as to if that will actually come out right though ;-) We shall see what happens.

Todd – it was actually 2 days work there. I haven’t accomplished this much in one day since the boy was born lol.

Thanks Don!

Incidently during my google searches researching these boxes I came across this blog

Towards the bottom you will see mention of a Stock Guide Plate which is listed as part #109 in the parts list from Stanley..

Has anyone seen one of these in the wild before and would it be handy to reproduce and include in the box? I am VERY tempted to do so..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 01:24 PM

2 days, huh? Well then I retract my complement.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 01:59 PM

I have not seen one in the wild which is one reason why you should reproduce it and report on its handiness. Shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes.

It is looking great AF. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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